Bi-fold doors are a great addition to any home. Providing ample light and ease of access to the outdoors. To maintain their sleek and high-quality finish for many years to come, there are a few simple steps you can take.
Cleaning Tracks and Seals
It is important to properly clean and maintain your door’s tracks and seals to ensure smooth operation. Clear away any small stones and debris that may have made their way into the mechanism. You could also vacuum the tracks and door runners on a regular basis to avoid a build-up of unwanted materials.
In addition to this, you may want to lubricate the tracks and mechanisms to keep your doors running as smoothly as they did on the day that they were installed!
One of the best ways to clean your bi fold doors is simply using a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge and a gentle all-purpose cleaning solution. To tackle those tricky stains you could use a toothbrush dipped in cleaning solution for the metal frame or you could try using an ink rubber to lift any marks- you should see results immediately so if it doesnâ€™t work do no continue to scrub.
To avoid streaks or a cloudy appearance it is important to select the right products to clean your bi folding doors glass. The best options include using standard shop bought window cleaner or a solution of vinegar and water. While this is an old-fashioned technique in a pinch it can produce effective results. Simply spray your solution onto the glass and wipe with a soft, clean microfibre cloth to avoid scratches and scrapes. Another way to avoid this is to take off any jewellery or watches which could scratch the glass. To remove any residue after cleaning you could use a squeegee, giving your doors a lovely clean, shiny finish!
Maintaining Locks and Hardware
In order to ensure you door operates smoothly long term, all locking mechanisms should be kept free of dirt and grime and lubricated with light machine oil such as 3 in 1 or WD40. Locking parts exposed when the door is open including strike/face plates, locking cams and hook bolts should be wiped clean of residue lubricant and grime. These mechanisms should then be lubricated using light machine oil. It is important to ensure excess oil is wiped away.
In addition to this, the tightness of all fixing screws or rivets should be checked periodically. The tightness of all fixing screws or rivets should be checked periodically. Over tightening of handle fixing screws can put too much strain on the locking mechanismâ€™s gearbox and impairs the function of the lock. Windows and doors which are not frequently used should be opened and maintained.
Bi fold doors are generally very low maintenance and hardwearing but taking these steps to clean and maintain your doors means that they will not only look great but remain highly functional for many years to come.
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